Move Over, Dolphins and Humans…Swans Enjoy Surfing Too

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You may be wondering, as did I, whether this reported incident of black swans enjoying the waves in Western Australia really shows the swans surfing, or whether the birds were just floating about in the breakers – but once you view the video it will be pretty hard to come up with any reason for this behavior other than pure enjoyment.

These beautiful black swans are indigenous to Australia, where their lifestyle is nomadic as they follow seasonal wet and dry cycles.
Ironically, before people in other regions of the world knew that black swans existed people referred to the likelihood of a rare event to occur as the equivalent of finding a black swan among the more familiar white ones. From that the Black Swan Theory developed, and these surfing swans certainly seem to fit the first two criteria at least:

The black swan theory or theory of black swan events is a metaphor that describes an event that comes as a surprise, has a major effect, and is often inappropriately rationalized after the fact with the benefit of hindsight.
The theory was developed by Nassim Nicholas Taleb to explain:
1. The disproportionate role of high-profile, hard-to-predict, and rare events that are beyond the realm of normal expectations in history, science, finance, and technology
2. The non-computability of the probability of the consequential rare events using scientific methods (owing to the very nature of small probabilities)
3. The psychological biases that make people individually and collectively blind to uncertainty and unaware of the massive role of the rare event in historical affairs.(Wikipedia)

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